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Retire in Seabrook, Texas?
Overview: Along Galveston Bay just southeast of Houston in southeastern Texas, Seabrook was started by Seabrook W. Sydor in 1895. His Houston company developed the land in 1903 and attracted a fishing industry that remains today.
Seabrook grew into a bedroom community in the 1960s when the Johnson Space Center opened in Houston. It still has a genial suburban quality and is known for its large boating community. Home to professionals, space industry types and families, it has well manicured neighborhoods with brick homes. Chesapeake Bay is a new luxury 55+ apartment community. Old Seabrook, the original part of town, is populated with a few B&Bs and antique shops, and Waterfront Drive is popular for its fish markets. The town celebrates its maritime heritage with the Yachty Gras boat parade and with Keels and Wheels, a fun car and boat show.
Seabrook maintains a 10-mile trail system, and the town's parks, which cover 100 acres, have two boat ramps, an outdoor pool, wetlands, as well as a salt water fishing pier. The town is also a bird sanctuary and a site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Pelicans, ospreys, wax wings, and sandpipers hang out along water. The Kemah Boardwalk, a touristy entertainment park, is just across the bridge in Kemah. The nearest beach is Sylvan Beach Park, which gets mixed reviews, about five miles north of town.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 4% above the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
Climate: Summer temperatures reach the mid-90s, and humidity is high. Winters are mild with temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 57 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but four hospitals that accept Medicare patients are within 10 miles.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but four hospitals that are accredited are within 10 miles.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it is in a beautiful, modern building.
Political Leanings: Split down the middle
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Seabrook is prone to flooding during storms and was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike's storm surge in 2008.
Notes: This area has several oil and chemical plants, one of which exploded in 2009. They emit an odor, but much of that blows to the north of town. Seabrook has doubled in size during the last decade or two.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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